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March 4, 2014
One of the best exercises I do with my mastermind groups is to have them create Vision Boards. Here are some excellent examples of vision boards in this YouTube video that may inspire you. Even Ellen created a vision board about her goal to get on the cover of Oprah Magazine. :)
About 20 years ago, I set out to make a Vision Board for myself about my perfect business and my perfect life. At the time I was working a corporate 9-5 job, plus running a photography studio in the evenings, and photographing weddings every weekend. My corporate job was safe but a little boring, and working most evenings and weekends left me no time for dating. I had been living in a two-bedroom apartment since college, but longed to have my own home and garden.
I pulled out a stack of magazines and began cutting out images and words that inspired me. Soon I made a Vision Board of my perfect small business, my perfect new home, and wrote a list of What I Want In A Husband, which I added to the Vision Board.
Fast forward six years later: I had bought my own home and created eleven garden beds, which brought me tranquility and a deeper connection to nature and beauty. I had met and married Aly (he laughed when I showed him my Perfect Husband list!). I had started my life coaching business that would eventually morph into a small business coaching enterprise.
Last year I created a new Vision Board for myself (see photos below). Already some of the things on it have come to pass.
What’s a Vision Board?
A Vision Board is a collage of things you want in life, experiences you desire, and people, situations, and feelings you want to manifest. Sometimes it’s called a treasure map.
Making a Vision Board has several purposes:
- Helps keep your goals constantly in sight and in your mind
- Surrounds you with the energy of what you desire most
- Helps you gain clarity about what are your most important goals and dreams
- Keeps your emotional energy high and your focus strong
The way to achieve your goals in life is to have a clear picture of what you actually want. Brian Tracey says, “An average person with average talent, ambition and education, can outstrip the most brilliant genius in our society, if that person has clear, focused goals.”
The Law of Attraction says that the more you focus on the things you want, the more time you spend paying attention to your purpose, the more you draw your desired items and experiences into your life. So surrounding yourself with visual representations of what you desire helps to elevate your energy in the direction of those things.
What Your Group Will Need
- Poster Board – I use 20″ x 30″ poster board, because you can find inexpensive frames of that size in any discount department store.
- Old magazines – You’ve been wanting to clean up your old magazine pile, so here’s a good excuse! Also, check with friends to see if they have any old magazines, or ask your local library if they ever trash magazines. Choose magazines that have always appealed to you in the past, as they’re a treasure trove of images and words for your Vision Board.
- Glue – Don’t use glue sticks as the glue isn’t stable (unless you’re going to frame the Vision Board between a plastic cover and a cardboard backer, which should keep all the items secure). Personally, I use paper cement. There are also double-sided sticky tabs you can buy at most photography stores. These tabs are commonly used for putting together wedding albums, but work great for a Vision Board, too.
Note: If your mastermind group is a virtual one, have them do this exercise on their own, then take digital photos of their completed Vision Board to show to the group.
While it helps to review your goals and dreams in advance, I find that just diving into the magazines and cutting out any words or images that appeals to me to be the best way to collect ideas.
Don’t let your mastermind group members judge or critique what they’re cutting out yet. Tel them, “Just cut out any image or word that attracts you, as these are subconscious messages from your brain, heart and soul.”
Sort them into piles of themes:
- Feelings you’d like to experience
- People you’d like to attract into your life
- Travel and places to see
- Money goals
- Lifestyle goals, like health, relationships, etc.
- Professional goals, like enhancing your business, becoming famous, or writing a book
Prioritize what must go on your Vision Board.
Soften your focus and allow your thoughts, feelings and intuition to guide you to the most important images and words.
Layout without gluing.
This helps you to group the items in a pleasing manner and eliminate those items that don’t work for you. Don’t forget that you can write your own words and draw your own sketches for the Vision Board, too.
Glue and frame.
Tou can find inexpensive frames of that size in any discount department store. A frame will keep the board flat and dust-free, and will allow you to hang it on your wall.
Put it where you’ll see it.
Take a moment each day to focus on a portion of the Vision Board that calls to you.
Do you remember in The Secret, John Assaraf talks about creating a vision board that included his perfect home? Six years, and several moves later, he was unpacking an old box and came across his old vision boards — and discovered an amazing thing: the photo of his dream house on one old vision board is the EXACT house he lives in today! (Not a house “like” the house he wanted…the exact same house he was currently living in.) John tells the story in this moving video:
When you create your Vision Board, take photos of it, and post it on your blog or Facebook, so we can all share in the manifesting of your dreams! (Post the link on my Facebook Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/MastermindGroup or use the Comments link below to post your link to this blog.) I can’t wait to see what you create!
By Karyn Greenstreet | |
February 24, 2014
Many people are concerned about starting mastermind groups for fear that it will be a lifelong commitment. Others are afraid to start a group that lasts only a month.
Never fear: there are no mastermind group police haunting the hallways, keeping track of how long your mastermind group stays together. I’ve been in mastermind groups that have stayed together for only 60 days (on purpose), and I’ve been in groups that met monthly for NINE years.
First decide for yourself how long you would like to be in a mastermind group. Can you commit to 60 days? Longer?
Ask the other participants what they can commit to. You can always start with a short commitment and then vote to keep the group going longer after the first commitment time has passed.
I suggest that the minimum time should be 60 days, or four meetings. You need time to connect to one another, to form trust, respect and rapport. If you go for a short-term group, meet more often — like once a week or every other week. This gives you plenty of time to get to know one another, to mastermind together, setting goals, making plans and implementing them towards success.
My personal preference is for mastermind groups to last for at least a year. This gives you time to plan and implement large goals: real, measurable steps to success in your life. Everyone will see progress and success during the course of that year. While 60 days might be okay for a short project, a year-long mastermind group will give you time to think about success in all areas of your life and make some major changes. A year-long group will help you dig deeper into problems, solve them, and unravel the places where challenges persist. It allows for everyone to support each other and hold each other accountable as well.
Whether you decide to meet together for two months or twelve months (or more!), commitment is key. Every member has to make the commitment to the full duration of the mastermind group. Pay close attention to commitment issues, as well as the other reasons why mastermind groups fail.
I think there is a natural lifecycle to groups, so don’t blame yourself if your group starts to break apart. Take time to share thoughts and feelings about how the mastermind group helped each member, and perhaps have a final meeting to officially close the group and move on.
By Karyn Greenstreet | | |
February 17, 2014
In a mastermind group, it’s no surprise that group psychology can rear its ugly head. Good news, though — positive group psychological effects take place, too.
We think and act differently in groups than we do on our own. In a group, probably because of the psychology of social facilitation, we work better. It’s motivating to be part of a group, and a group can help us form and keep working towards goals.
Psychologist find that smaller groups work in a more cohesive manner. According to a study by Michael J. Saks, PhD., they studied the use of six-person juries versus twelve-person juries. In the end analysis, he indicates, “In smaller groups, members shared more equally in the discussion, found the deliberations more satisfying, and were more cohesive.”
We do funny things in groups. Inter-group conflict can lessen trust and rapport unless there is a structured, conscious process to deal with disagreements. Collectively we may behave in ways that we never would on our own. If you find your group members simply cannot act cohesively, try this Jigsaw concept from schools. It works for adult groups, too. Never let a group conflict fester or ignore it. Bring it out into the open and discuss it among the group members, even if it’s awkward.
For instance, there is a social psychology phenomenon called Groupthink, where people modify their responses to a group discussion so as not to rock the boat. Yes, it creates harmony in a group, but in a mastermind group this can be deadly. As the group Facilitator, tell your members about this social phenomenon and assure them that each individual idea is important, even if it doesn’t match what the others are saying.
Social Loafing sounds ugly, doesn’t it? And it is. In large groups, each member feels less valuable and therefore puts in less effort. This is something, as the group Facilitator, you need to pay close attention to. Is everyone participating equally? Are they going deep with their discussions or glossing over the surface?
Consider that as a group grows in size, social loafing increases. It’s another reason why I encourage small group sizes for masterminding. Smaller groups allow for deeper discussions, and each person gets more time in the Hot Seat. Smaller groups also gives greater contact among the members, forging strong bonds and deep trust.
We can’t control group social behavior. But we can be aware of it and watch out for it in our own groups, then bring it back to the group for discussion.
By Karyn Greenstreet | | |